September 13-20, 2004

System provides early warning of domestic water supply tampering

A new domestic water warning system developed by eWaterTek, in Richmond Hill, Ontario is designed to alleviate concerns about tampering of water supplies between the municipal treatment plant and the point of consumption.

Currently in Canada, optimum water quality is assured at the water treatment plant. From that point on, however, spot checks are only occasionally done at intervals along the route to where the water is consumed. Moreover, these are costly and not 100 % effective. eWaterteck's newly patented Ultra-Violet Laser Fluorescence system uses lasers to detect irregular-shaped particles in drinking water, thus eliminating uncertainty about the water supply by sounding an alarm before it reaches the tap and after its journey through kilometres of municipal pipes.

In responding to nationwide concerns about water quality, eWaterTek aims to become a leader in the niche market of providing continuous post-treatment water quality assessment for municipal housing developments. The company's approach is also novel in that companies in this field generally do not use UV light in this way, as this is not a filter or contaminant reduction system.

Installed downstream and within any housing complex, eWaterTek's system will continually monitor for chlorine/heavy-metal levels and particles. If unacceptable levels are detected, an alarm is instantly transmitted electronically to a monitoring station.

All of these functions - pollutant detection, data compilation and recording of findings - are done live on-line. This approach provides consumers increased confidence about their potable water, especially in rural areas. The technology can also be licensed to outside companies, allowing them to manufacture the systems in their region.

This innovative domestic water warning system has generated considerable interest within the water technology and investment sectors, and eWaterTek president and CIO Harold Moskoff, who developed the technology, credits the success in large part to connections made through the Ontario Environment Industry Association's (ONEIA) networking events.

"ONEIA helped solidify contacts and gain credibility with a variety of organizations by providing the first portal for industry to see eWaterTek as an environmental company, as opposed to one focused solely on water," says Moskoff. "We were subsequently able to attend some very high-profile environmental conferences and raise the awareness of our company and product within a very short time span." Among the events were Pollutec 2003 in France and, more recently, the Globe 2004 conference in Vancouver.

At the latter conference and trade show, interest in the firm's technology was high as municipalities all over Canada are struggling to comply with new water regulations that require the purchase of large, costly water monitors.

Now eWaterTek is set to install its first system into a Vaughan housing co-op, north of Toronto. In the future, the company is looking to collaborate with a leading laser company in California's Silicon Valley to complete their first UV prototype. And at the 2008 Beijing Olympics there's already talk of a need for new water quality technology for their model sustainable communities.

More information is available from Harold Moskoff, eWaterTek, 10211 Yonge St, Suite #203, Richmond Hill, Ont L4C 3B3, 905/508-0200, FAX 905/508-0065, E-mail moskoff@ewatertek.ca, Web site www.ewatertek.ca.

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